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Mexican Marvel
April 27th, 2015 by Leah

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On a recent trip to Mexico for one of my best friends wedding I had the opportunity to visit one of the new seven wonders of the world, the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza.

This had always been a dream of mine and I felt very strongly that I would not visit Egypt without seeing the Great Pyramids or visit China and not the Great Wall. With that in mind we gave up a much valued beach day to visit these amazing ruins.

I feel compelled to share some of what I learnt that day. The long trip to Chichen Itza was certainly worth it. We marveled at how exceptional The Mayans were at building,
astronomy and architecture. One if the most important buildings to them was the Observatory with windows arranged to track the alignment of the sun, moon and Venus. This would help tell when was the correct cycles to plant and harvest crops.

Coincidence, planned or perhaps built by aliens the pyramid has 91 steps on 4 sides = 364 +1 up top to = 365 as in the number of days in the Gregorian calendar. Chichen Itza is the  2nd most visited ruin in Mexico especially known for practicing human sacrifice to the god Kulkulkan.

Mayans are known for many inventions one of them is the ball they played a ball-game with 7 players on each team and with a ball that weighed almost 8 lbs. You wouldn’t want to be a winner there though, winners were the ones that got sacrificed!!

Moving on to my favorite sport which is food-ing and eating lies another invention that made me wish I was alive in 500 A. D. This was a dish that paired two of my favorite items to eat, one is chocolate, the other habanero peppers, resulting in spicy chocolate wow!!
At lunch we enjoyed lots of authentic Mayan dishes one in particular was  Lime-Chicken soup,  it was very delicious and refreshing. This is one that will be appearing at Felici Cafe soon!!


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